Bluey and Curley, by Norm Rice
Bluey and Curley

Born in Newtown, New South Wales, Norman Rice studied art at Jack Watkin's Sydney art school. He sold funny panels to the Bulletin, Smith's Weekly, Rydges and other Sydney publications. For Frank Johnson Publications, he drew adventure strips like 'Powerman', 'Steele Carewe' and 'Nick Carver of the Circus'. During World War II, he joined an army camouflage unit, and later in a survey unit, and served in New Guinea. He also produced a comic book of wartime cartoons called 'Rice and Shine', containing cartoons previously published in the Bulletin. In 1946, he joined the staff of Smith's Weekly and went back to freelancing when the magazine ended in 1950. After a couple of years doing promotional art for Universal Films, he took over 'Bluey and Curley' after the death of Alex Gurney. He drew the strip for only a year, as he was killed in a car accident on New Year's Eve 1956.

Bulletin, by Norm Rice (1943)
Bulletin, 23/12/1943

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